Five rounds for max reps of:
Body weight bench press
Meet a Coach: Get to Know Blaine
Roots recently welcomed Blaine to the coaching staff. While he is working on learning every Roots athlete’s name, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know him as well. Here is a glimpse into his life outside of Roots.
What does your non-Roots world consist of?
Outside of Roots, I’m a husband to my wife, Alyssa (also a Roots member), an officer in the United States Air Force, and currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. My job in Boulder is a 3 year stint and a break from my “regular” job as a civil engineer.
What sort of athletic endeavors have you or do you participate in outside of CrossFit?
I played any sport I could from kindergarten through high school. In college I played football. I enjoy training combat sports like wrestling, jujitsu, MMA. Lately, CrossFit has really taken hold but I try to carve out time to go on hikes, bike rides and snowboarding.
What is your favorite CrossFit workout? Why? Least Favorite?
I like to lift weights. I remember being very young and wanting to lift weights but my parents told me no because “it would stunt my growth”. So I would sneak my dad’s dumbells or even my neighbor’s dad’s weights. Once I entered 7th grade there was a conditioning class that centered around lifting weights. I was finally allowed. I fell in love. That’s a long winded answer to a simple question-Linda.
My least favorite is running long distances. A WOD like “run 10K”.
What’s the dumbest or most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done at the gym?
I’ve done a lot of dumb or embarrassing things in the gym. I catch myself singing very loudly or dancing quite often. I’ve fallen down many times. At my last gym (Rainier CrossFit in WA), there are parallel pull-up bars. Although I’d witnessed people do it and even warned them not to, I faced the wrong way on it and dang near split my head open doing kipping pull-ups.